|Boundary Way, West Belfast, Northern Ireland ©Kate Trenerry|
Walls are built as an instrument of political partition to bring clarity and focus to sectarian conflicts within neighborhoods, terrorist attacks throughout cities, even all-out war across a country. I brought my camera to Israel/Palestine, Cyprus, and Northern Ireland to complicate and blur my understanding of these divided societies and the people who live in them.
|Cupar Way, West Belfast, Northern Ireland ©Kate Trenerry|
In early 2012, I set out to understand and document the effects of the Israeli Separation Barrier, the United Nations Buffer Zone in Cyprus, and the Peace Lines of Northern Ireland on the places and people they divide. I spent a total of three months on the road, during which time I attempted to walk along as much of the barriers as possible.
|Rural Checkpoint near Qalqilya, Palestine ©Kate Trenerry|
Walls and borders imply a dualistic view of space, yet all of their power depends on how people interpret and interact with these spaces. Borders are where the rules change, if someone enforces them.
|The Edge of the Buffer Zone, Nicosia, Cyprus ©Kate Trenerry|
|Walajeh, Palestine ©Kate Trenerry|